for the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh, but divinely powerful for the destruction of fortresses.2 Corinthians 10:4(NASB)
Our adversary, the devil, roams about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour, and there was much evidence of the enemy's meddlesome wiles in the lives of many of the Corinthian Christians - for he seemed to have infiltrated every area of their everyday lives and spiritual walk.
They had abused the gifts of the Spirit for personal promotion. They engaged in divisive argument and petty quarrels. They backslid into spiritual infancy and engaged in the carnal ways of the world. They condoned ungodly practices in their midst.. and even overlook the gross, sexual sin of one of their members. Members in this church fellowship had forgotten.. that their bodies were a temple of the living God.
Paul had to chastise these Christians for their inappropriate behaviour and lack of spiritual growth, and his admonishment of their carnality, can be traced throughout his first epistle to the Corinthians. But in this second, letter we discover that these believers had repented of their worldly ways, which enabled Paul to give some important spiritual teaching, that would help their spiritual understanding and influence their spiritual growth.
Paul explained that in this Church age, the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh, but are divinely powerful, and designed to pull down spiritual strongholds and demolish destructive arguments. We have weapons that are far greater than the steel sword or the mighty cannon. We have the truth of God's word, that can flaw any philosophical argument or worldly wisdom.
In Christ, we have the ability to cast down men's high-minded murmuring against God.. to lay waste the imagination of man, and put to naught everything that exalts itself against the knowledge of the truth. In Christ, we have the sufficient strength to bring down high-minded babblings, that have been raised-up.. against the knowledge of the truth - as we take every thought captive, to the obedience of Christ.
But what are these weapons of the enemy.. that equip us to demolish strongholds, through Christ Jesus our Lord? Well, they are worldly words and foolish, intellectual augments. They are personal influence, tortuous philosophies, stylistic verbiage and the long-winded opinions of men.. with their impressive credentials and dismissive policies - that seek to annihilate the truth of the gospel of God. BUT the weapons of our warfare are not carnal and fleshly, but mighty through God.. to the pulling down of such arguments and strongholds.
The weapons of our divinely inspired, spiritual warfare.. is the proclamation of the Word of God, together with a submissive heart and a bended knee. Our power does not come from our own clever conversation or witty words, but is evidenced in the man or woman, who lives in full dependence upon God.. and relies on Him for His sufficient strength and godly wisdom - to guide us through life, towards our spiritual home.
Heavenly Father, there are many that seek to demolish the truth of the glorious gospel of Christ, through scornful sarcasm and ill-imagined philosophies. Thank You.. that in Christ we have the Word of God, and the power of prayer, to demolish any long-winded, ungodly opinions of men.. with their impressive credentials and dismissive policies. May the words of my mouth and the thoughts of my heart reflect the truth of Your word. May I depend on You to bring down all the strongholds and arguments that are fired against me, that seek to discredit the truth of the glorious gospel of God. This I ask in Jesus name, AMEN.